The Ultimate Bug and Pest Prevention Guide


Most of us cringe at the sight of creepy insects – Cockroaches, Flies, Ants, Mosquitos, Spiders, Beetles, etc., freely roaming around in our house. These Nasty bugs are some of the most unwelcome guests at home that we all wish to get rid of. They carry the risk of spreading infections and damaging our physical property.

Here are some proven natural pest control methods to ward off those nasty pests and keep your home clean and disease-free.

Control Methods


It can be quite tricky to get rid of cockroaches because they multiply exponentially. While several sprays and repellants keep cockroaches away, exposure to such pesticides can cause allergy and hypersensitivity.

There are various natural pest control remedies for sending these nasty critters packing. Here are a few:

1. Boric Acid: While it can be non-toxic to people and pets, it can be deadly for roaches. Mix boric acid and sugar in a 3:1 proportion. Then, place it near a cockroach hiding spot. However, it can prove quite messy if the dead roaches are not tracked and disposed of.

2. Lemon slices: The smell of lemon deters roaches. You can spray lemon juice around the house or mop the floor with a combination of water and a few drops of lemon. The only downside is that it does not kill them.

3. Baking Soda: Dice a handful of onions and mix with baking soda. Then, place this mixture anywhere you’ve noticed roach activity. The roach will die from consuming the baking soda.


Flies carry the potential of spreading diseases when they sit on eatables.

1. Herbs and flowers: Basil, lavender, cloves are some herbs that you can plant in your garden or outside to keep flies away from your house

2. Flypaper: Make a brown sugar and granulated sugar solution and dip craft paper in it. Hang it somewhere around the house to control flies

3. Vinegar: Create a mixture of vinegar and dish soap with apple cider and vinegar and some drops of dish soap in a tall glass. Cover the glass with plastic wrap and secure it with a rubber band. Flies will be attracted to the vinegar. Poke small holes in the top to trap them in the glass.


Ants are one of the most unwanted creatures that we often see hanging around, especially whenever we leave bare any food items.

1. Vinegar: Wipe up those termites with a solution of 50-50 vinegar and water. Ants abhor the smell of vinegar. You can also put the solution in a spray bottle and spray it on any ants coming through doors and windows.

2. Pepper: You can use black or red pepper as an ant deterrent. Sprinkle pepper around pepper behind home appliances and cupboards to irritate ants and keep them at bay.

3. Boric acid and sugar: Boric acid is a potent poison against ants. Mix boric acid and sugar in 1:6proportion and stir the mixture in water until dissolved. Saturate cotton balls and place them in areas where ants are active. It is essential to keep boric acid away from children and pets and wear gloves when working with it.


Mosquitos can be quite dangerous because they can cause fatal diseases like malaria, dengue, and Yellow fever. Mosquito repellants are filled with harsh chemicals that can damage our health and the environment; therefore, we should seek natural methods to eliminate mosquitos.

1. Neem Oil: A mixture of Neem oil and Coconut oil is an excellent organic mosquito repellant. Apply the natural oil extracted from the Neem tree to avoid mosquito bites

2. Garlic: Crush a few pieces of garlic and then boil them in water. Then, pour the solution into a spray bottle and spray around your house. Don’t worry about your home reeking of garlic because the scent of garlic will dissipate to your nose.


Spiders have a high propensity to disperse. They can also cause allergies when they bite.

1. Peppermint oil: Spiders dislike the smell of peppermint. Prepare a peppermint essential oil solution in a spray bottle and spray it on spider nets.

2. Coconut oil and Vinegar oil: Create a mixture with these home remedies that makes an effective spray solution against spiders.

Dos and Don’ts of Pest Control

Do Keep the Bathroom Clean

It is essential to maintain bathroom hygiene to keep it pest-free. Wash the sinks with a heavy-duty cleaner at least once and keep the shower curtain dry. Check for hair clogs and soap particles in drains and clean the toilet pot every alternate day.

Do Keep the Kitchen Clean

Wipe kitchen counters, racks, and drawers regularly with a disinfectant cleaner to avoid infestation. Also, make sure there are no food particles lying in the open, as that will attract more insects.

Don’t Allow Water to Stand 

Ensure there is no stagnant water around the house as they may attract mosquitos and cause diseases like dengue and malaria.

Do Use Pesticides, Correctly and Safely

Children and pets should be kept away from areas where pesticides have been applied. Pesticides should also be applied to targeted areas rather than sprayed over the whole room.

Besides that, always check the pesticide labels instruction and warnings. Chemicals that are approved for use in homes should be applied.

Do Hire a Professional House Cleaning Service

While the above measures can help control the number of pests in your house, you cannot completely eradicate pests without professional help.

A professional house cleaning service like Homeplus can help you get rid of harmful pests. Our professionals in Boston, MA, are well trained and only use verified chemicals and measures.

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